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The Famine Blog

So Long Summer, Hello Fall!

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Hi, I’m Lindsey and I work for the Famine team. Last summer I moved from Southern California to Seattle to work for World Vision. I quickly discovered that Washington’s version of fall is very different than California’s.  Last year, as I experienced my first true fall, I learned to love the crisp autumn air. I watched leaves change color, and saw the change from summer to fall and fall to winter. This transition between seasons is not one I’d experienced so dramatically before.

It’s about that time of year when fall is knocking on the door, and I am so excited to let it in.  Whether you are a fall enthusiast, or reluctant to let summer go, here are my top 5 favorite things to help you get excited for the season:

What We’re Reading: Almost Christian

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Hi. My name is Micah Boyce, and I work with the 30 Hour Famine in Chicago. Since joining the Famine team, I’ve met many amazing youth leaders. One of them is Joe Wittmer, pastor of student ministries at Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. Joe has an incredible passion for students, caring for the poor, and bridging the gap between the two. As a result, Joe and his students have raised over $65,000 for hungry children all over the world. There are 3 things I know about Joe:

1) He can put down some buffalo wings

2) He can drop a good word

3) He knows a lot about youth ministry.

So, I asked Joe to write a review of one of his favorite books on youth ministry – Almost Christian.

What is Community Development?

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

For the two years, Eric McClellan has served youth leaders in  Dallas, Texas area by helping them plan their 30 Hour Famine event, speaking at churches, and connecting with youth.  Today Eric tells us about the meaning of community development.

Some people use words that flat out confuse me.  Medical words like “ablation,” engineering words like “EurIng,” and business speak like “broker” all draw a look of confusion on my face. These are technical words that are only used by industry insiders.  “Community development” is one such phrase. In the relief and development world, community development generally means improving conditions within a group of people. For World Vision the phrase carries more specific meaning. We feed the hungry; quench the thirsty; educate learners; help boost local economies; and develop safe, clean health and hygiene practices.

Fight Hunger with Food

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Going 30 hours without food is an experience you will never forget.  It will give you a glimpse of how different your life would be if enough food wasn’t always available to you.  Energy lags, it’s hard to focus, and you will hear your stomach growing for food like you’ve never heard it before.Fasting is a central part of the Famine because it brings the facts about global hunger to life. Giving up food for 30 hours will help you identify with the poor in a whole new way. However, for some of you, there are serious medical conditions or nutritional needs that make fasting difficult, unsafe, or impossible. If that is the case, it’s OK – you can still participate in the 30 Hour Famine.

Hunger 101: Bringing 30 Hour Famine to Your Campus

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Want to do the 30 Hour Famine, but your youth leader isn’t planning to sign up? Here’s your chance to bring the Famine to your school campus!

Ellie Hutchison, who traveled with 30HF to Burundi on the study tour just last month, heard about Famine and brought it to her campus when she was 17. She and her fellow students set a fundraising goal of $1,000. When their Famine was over they ended up with over $6,000!  Inspired? Here’s some helpful advice from Ellie on how to share the Famine with your fellow students:

Top 10 Reasons Why 30 Hour Famine Should be on Your Calendar

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

1)      It saves lives. It only takes one dollar to feed a child for a day. Considering the money we spend on coffee, clothes, or iPhones, $1 per day is pocket change to us, right? Why is it so easy to afford all the luxury of a cool electronic or designer pair of shoes, yet so hard to sacrifice some of those things to literally help save the life of another? 30 Hour Famine funds you raise bring life-giving food and care to hungry children and families all around the world. That is money well spent.

Are You Suffering from Teenage Affluenza?

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

There’s an epidemic spreading across the United States called Teenage Affluenza. Are you suffering from it? Watch the video below, and take some time to think through these questions.

Who is World Vision?

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Who is World Vision and what do they do? How are 30 Hour Famine and World Vision related? Well, those are great questions, and we‘ve got some answers for you.

Racing to End Hunger

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

In the past, people have done some crazy things for the 30 Hour Famine, but Patrick Frank of Aurora, Colorado is a Famine first. Say hello to the first Famine Racecar and competitive driver!

Lauren is the Famine

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

 

Participating in the 2010 Study Tour allowed Lauren to meet people experiencing extreme poverty, and today she is even more passionate about serving those in need.  Lauren is attending Humboldt this fall and plans to continue making a difference in the Peace Corps! Read about the Famine experience that inspired her.